Redskins have yet to extend offer to Orakpo as franchise tag deadline nears


Brian Orakpo led the Redskins with 10 sacks in 2013. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Discussions remain ongoing between the Washington Redskins and the representatives for outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, but the team has yet to extend their top pass-rusher an official offer, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Monday is the deadline for teams to use the franchise tag designation on players. By using the franchise tag on Orakpo, the Redskins would have the right to match any other offer Orakpo received from other teams, or Washington would receive two first-round draft picks from that team as compensation for the linebacker. Orakpo would earn roughly $11 million on a one-year deal if he did remain with Washington on the franchise tag.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said last week that he had a meeting set up with Orakpo’s representatives in Indianapolis and that he expected them to present him with some figures. The two sides have continued discussions this week.

Two people with knowledge of the situation said that didn’t know how likely the Redskins were to use the franchise tag on Orakpo, or if Washington would be able to get a deal done before the start of free agency. Teams can begin negotiating with outside free agents on March 8 and then sign them on March 11.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett named re-signing Orakpo as one of the priority moves for Washington this offseason. He said the same about inside linebacker Perry Riley, who also is a free agent. The Redskins also have had discussions with Riley’s camp, but Washington has yet to extend him an offer, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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